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Bad Hamlet
Boxcar Studios
San Francisco, CA
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Bad Hamlet
It's not just rotten in the state of Denmark, it's rougher and rawer than ever before. BAD HAMLET: The Bootleg Quarto of 1603 tears off its Elizabethan collar and bares its teeth! Rarely done and never done well, Do It Live! Productions has unearthed an 'illegitimate' copy of Shakespeare's immortal classic, bootlegged by an underpaid actor from the original production! And rest assured, he remembered... well, the gist of it, anyway.

This absolutely real and authentic "unauthorized" version of Shakespeare's greatest play has been buried in obscurity for years-- maybe for good reason! All your favorite lines gain new insight and nuance! Hear the Melancholy Dane sigh,  "To be or not to be... there's the point." Bad Hamlet has everything you love about Hamlet, with none of the existential angst.  Vengeance! Murder! Sword fights! So what if it's missing a character or two? This is a thinking man's play, at a drinking man's pace.

As director Jeremy Forbing asserts: "Denmark is a prison, Hamlet says. But in the First Quarto (our version), it isn't the sprawling low-security kind where everyone gets a few hours in the sun. 'Bad Hamlet' is death-row, a cramped and crumbling ruin, full of people whose every grudge, alliance, or escape attempt has the stakes of life or death."

Bad Hamlet turns the Danish prince from mild-mannered bookworm to weight-lifting college dropout.  Wedding crashing, table flipping-- Hamlet's discovered that his fist isn't just a place to rest his head anymore. What do you get the Dad who's just been murdered by your uncle? Vengeance-- sweet, sweet vengeance.

Come see the play historians never wanted you to know about! Do It Live! Productions-- the snarky upstarts who brought you the cell-phone toting TWO GENTS OF VERONA and the production of HENRY THE SIXTH that SF Appeal called "something very nice"-- unleash their most bad-ass Bard to date. Every dog has his day-- and this Dane's ready to attack.

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Boxcar Studios (View)
125A Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States


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Arts > Theatre

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HAYWARD, CA United States
Dec 17, 2011 4:50 PM
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San Francisco, CA United States
Dec 17, 2011 1:51 PM
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San Francisco, CA United States
Dec 17, 2011 1:51 PM
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San Francisco, CA United States
Dec 17, 2011 1:51 PM
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Concord, CA United States
Dec 16, 2011 9:15 PM

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